Brotherhood forces playoff


Brotherhood ‘s John Diaz pitches against the Papa Bears in their final elimination round game in the 2017 Belau Men’s Masters Softball League yesterday at the Dandan Softball Field. (Jon Perez)

Brotherhood had a hit parade against John Maratita in a 23-12 crushing of the Papa Bears during yesterday’s final regular season game in the 2017 Belau Men’s Masters Softball League at the Dandan Softball Field.

Jerry Ayuyu and Ken Kalen led the way for Brotherhood, which ended the elimination round with a 14-2 record to force a one-game playoff against co-leader Peleliu for the pennant. The Brotherhood-Peleliu playoff match was played late afternoon yesterday and results of the rubber were unavailable at press time.

Ayuyu, seventh in the batting leaders as of Oct. 1, blasted three home runs in a perfect appearance at the plate. He went 4-for-4 with six RBIs. Leadoff batter Kalen backed him up, going 4-for-5 and also belting three homers—all solo shots at the bottom of the first, fourth, and seventh inning—with four RBIs.

Brotherhood had a total of eight home runs with Kalle Igisomar and Bill Camacho adding one each in the third and fourth inning, respectively.

Brotherhood used a six-run first inning against Maratita, who gave up a total of 20 hits. John Diaz, Maratita’s counterpart, was steadier on the mound, surrendering only 13 hits to the Papa Bears while having five strikeouts.

Batting leader Jojo Attao went 3-for-4 with two homers—a grand slam in the top of the second and a three-run shot in the fourth. He singled in the first and grounded out in the seventh. Ben Palacios went 2-for-2 with a homer in the seventh, while Ben Cabrera batted 2-for-3 with a double.

Meanwhile, in the other game yesterday, the S.A. Masters scored eight runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 19-9 win over Asahi.

J.J. Cabrera stood his ground against Asahi’s batters, giving up eight hits and pitching three scoreless—innings—from the second to the fourth—after allowing their opponents to touch home plate five times in the first. He also had two strikeouts.

Jude Dickinson went 3-for-3 with three homers and six RBIs, while Jeff Sablan batted 2-for-3 with a double, a three-run shot in the fifth, and four RBIs. Jeff Cabrera, 2-for-4, also homered with two runs and two RBIs for the S.A. Masters.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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